I should have a St. Patrick's weekend calendar up shortly. Just a note: any event with nothing better than green beer to offer does not make the list. Then there's also π Day coming!
Monday, March 9
2015 KBS Draft Release Release
Various locations, Grand Rapids, MI
Beside the Tap Room, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout will be available at bars and restaurants throughout the Grand Rapids area on March 9 - 13. Check for a full schedule
7:00 pm ♦ The Revenge of the Boilermaker
Fountainhead, 1970 Montrose Ave., Chicago (773) 697-8204
Fountainhead hosts Craft Boilermaker Night: Part 3 The Revenge of the Boilermaker celebrating its two favorite things: Beer & Whisk(e)y! Boilermakers have been a recent craze & the Fountainhead team will experiment with all the different pairings featuring Few Spirits, New Holland and Journeyman Distillery along with Sketchbook Brewing, Aquanaut Brewing, New Holland, Illuminated Brew Works and Begyle Brewing Co.. Some brewers/distillers will also be on hand to answer questions, discuss the pairings and raise a glass of beer and whisk(e)y!
No cover, boilermakers available for purchase.
7:15 pm ♦ Movie Monday at Vice District Tap Room
Vice District Brewing Co., 1454 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Movie Monday is Back
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to postpone our first Movie Monday. Well we're back on! We'll be screening "Coming to America" starting at 7:15p. Come grab a beer, some popcorn, and enjoy some good company at Vice!
Tuesday, March 10
2015 KBS Tap Room Release
Founders Brewing Co. Co., 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Those who were able to purchase tickets online starting Feb. 14 will be able to pick up to two 4-packs of Kentucky Breakfast Stout starting today. More details at the Kentucky Breakfast Stout webpage.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be contributed to the Grand Rapids White Water initiative.
5:30 - 7:30 pm ♦ Cookies On Tap
The Lucky Monk, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois presents the first ever Cookies On Tap event, a craft beer tasting and cookie pairing event, pairing presentation by renowned Brewmaster Anthony Carollo. Enjoy great beer, unlimited appetizers and a new experience!
Tickets are $50 through Eventbrite. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, serving over 15,000 girls in 16 counties. This event is for adults aged 21 and older.
6:00 - 7:30 pm ♦ Beer 101: Back to Basics
CUBE at Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL (630) 366-7030
How is beer made? What is "malt"? What's the big deal with hops? Is there a difference between lager and ale?
Our first Beer 101 of 2015 will focus on the basics of brewing ingredients and processes, from grain to glass, with samples provided along the way.
Our experts Kyle and Max look forward to answering these questions and any others you may have, so bring your liver AND your brain!
Two classes: 6pm and 7:30pm. $10, reservations required. Reserve your spot here.
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Revolution Tap Tuesday
Greentown Tavern, 110 S. Genesee, Waukegan, IL (847) 244-1001
Revolution will be featured on tap at Greentown Tavern. Swing by and enjoy some Fist City, Galaxy Hero, and more Rev Brew, along with a raffle with Revolution swag prizes!
6:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas ScareCity #3 Release with High West Whiskey
Northdown Cafe & Taproom, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 697-7578
Join us as we welcome Lagunitas Brewery Chicago and High West Distillery for an evening of incredible Lagunitas Brewing Co. and High West bourbon. Featured beers will be the release of Lagunitas ScareCity #3, an Imperial Stout with coffee aged in High West Rye barrels, along with their Black IPA, NightTime.
In addition to the libations, Lagunitas brewery reps will be on hand passing out bad ass Lagunitas glassware, shirts and more. Representatives from Utah based distillery, High West, will be on hand with their Campfire Whiskey, Rendezvous Rye and Double Rye. Don’t miss the fun!
7:00 pm ♦ Perennial Sump Tapping & Bottle Release!
Fischman's Liquors & Tavern, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 545-0123
It’s that time of year again for one of our most favorite Imperial Coffee Stouts: Perennial Artisan Ales Sump!
The way this works is, we’ll have Sump on tap in the bar starting at 7pm. Come on in and get your raffle ticket. Everybody gets one ticket. We’ll start calling out numbers and when yours gets called you may then purchase your bottle of Sump from the store. We are getting more cases than we did last year so everyone has a good chance of scoring a bottle. If you aren’t able to get a bottle….at least enjoy this amazing beer in the bar as we will have it on draft!
7:00 pm ♦ St. Patrick's Kick Off Beer Dinner
Station 21 American Grill, 201 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN (219) 661-0021
Join Station 21 and Crown Brewing for a fun night of beer and food tasting. The Station 21 culinary team and the brewers at Crown combine efforts to create a truly beer infused menu. $50/person (includes food, beer and pint glass)
Tickets available at Station 21 and at Crown Brewing (211 S. East Street)
Wednesday, March 11
4:00 pm ♦ Founders Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Founders Brewing beers on tap include:
Centennial American IPA ● 7.2% ABV
Blushing Monk Belgian Inspired Ale w/Raspberries ● 9.2% ABV
Black Rye Dry-Hopped Ale ● 7.5% ABV
Backwoods Bastard; Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy ● 10.2% ABV
Oatmeal Stout NITRO ● 4.5% ABV
Imperial Stout ● 10.5% ABV
4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse, Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Greenbush Pain Imperial Milk Stout: You know what they say don’t you? You don’t? Do we have to explain everything? There is something definitely to gain from this PAIN, with our select combination of grains, British chocolate, black malt, roasted barley, Belgian Munich and milk sugar. Work though this smooth stout and you’ll appreciate the euphemism.
6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Growler Decorating Party
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Make a St. Paddy's themed growler. Then fill it with your favorite beer (separate purchase, of course).
6:00 pm - 2:00 am ♦ DryHop/Beer Bistro Collaboration Release Party
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773) 857-3155
The first DryHop Brewers/The Beer Bistro collaboration debuts Wednesday, March 11 at 6pm with the release of Warrior’s Code, a 6% Irish-American Red Ale.
The traditional Irish Red gets a twist with American hops – Citra and Warrior. Thus, creating an Irish-American Red for St. Paddy’s Day; sláinte! Expect flavors of citrus, pine, toffee, and caramel malt.
We’ll also tap Saugatuck Brewing Company's Hennessy's Stout, a 4.2% Irish Stout poured on nitro.
Both beers will be available individually or in a flight of 5oz pours.
6:00 pm ♦ Schlafly Release Night
The Tap House Grill, 3341 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL (630) 443-1664
Featured Drafts: Dry-Hopped APA, Kölsch, & Pale Ale. A Schlafly representative will be on hand for a meet and greet with giveaways.
7:00 pm ♦ Karaoke at Vice District
Vice District Brewing Co. Company, 1454 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Are you ready for some karaoke? Our very own beerista, Mary, will be hosting the first Maryaoke this Wednesday. Come pick a song and raise a glass!
Thursday, March 12
4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Greenbush Brewing Delusion Barrel Aged Imperial Stout: Imperial Cream Stout Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels from Journeyman Distillery
5:00 pm ♦ Revolution Tap Overthrow
Cactus Bar & Grill, 404 S. Wells St., Chicago
Revolution Brewing representative Kevin Kuzlik will be at Cactus Bar & Grill for a "Tap Overthrow" tasting event. Kuzlik will chat about the brewery's newest selections, sample some of his favorite suds and dish out souvenir glassware from 5-7 p.m. Featured drafts include: Fist City (Revolution's newest year-round beer); A Little Crazy; Cross of Gold; and Galaxy Hero, along with a TBD selection usually available only at the brewpub. Cans of Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up Wit and Eugene will also be offered. Full pints and cans of Revolution beers will be $5 each. The complete list is outlined below.
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ Goose Island 312 Day
Across the Street from Goose Island Brewery, 1800 W. Walnut, Chicago
Join us on 3/12 for Goose Island's 312 Day! Enjoy live music from Mayer Hawthorne and complimentary beer and bites!
Free RSVP through Eventbrite. RSVP will not guarantee admission. Must be 21 or older to attend.
6:00 pm ♦ Lake Effect/Superdawg Collaboration Debut
Iron Horse Ale House, 6158 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago (773) 555-1212
Lake Effect's dark German collaboration ale with Superdawg, Whoopski Beer, will debut at Iron Horse Ale House. raffle, prizes, great beer, great food, and yes, Whoopskidawg tastings with the beer.
6:00 pm ♦ Personalized Guinness Pint Glass and Tasting/Pre-St. Patrick's Day
Binny's, 3447 W 95th St., Evergreen Park, IL
Get ready for this Chicago tradition in pure Irish fashion. Taste Irish beer, whiskeys and spirits, and grab some emerald swag for the parade. With your $10 donation to The Emerald Society, you will receive the ultimate parade swag bag equipped with a Binny's logo tee, beads, a hat and more! Be sure to tell your friends. Slainte!
You can also treat yourself to a Guinness pint glass engraved with your name and sample Guinness Blonde. While supplies last.
Thursday, March 12
7:00 pm ♦ Motor Row Beer Tasting
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill, 8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL (847) 675-3737
Motor Row makes everything from spot-on interpretations of traditional styles to some of the wildest beers you’ll ever drink. Their two year-round offerings, Out of the Loop IPL and Reclamation Lager, harken back to the Midwest’s proud tradition of great lager beers. Motor Row also offers extended seasonal releases (including a series of easy-drinking Belgian-style ales, perfect for summer) as well as experimental one-offs. Join us as we explore Motor Row beer samples.
-Farmhouse Wheat Ale (5.7% ABV)
-Berliner Weisse (3.7% ABV)
-Diversey Pale Ale (5.3% ABV)
-Triceratops Rodeo IPA (7.4% ABV)
-Intemporelle Abbey-Style Quadruppel (9% ABV)
Tickets are $45 and are LIMITED; for ticket and menu info, follow this link
7:00 - 8:30 pm ♦ Metropolitan Brewing Seminar
Binny's, 670 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL 630-545-2550
Join us as we host Chicago's own Metropolitan Brewing Company. We will taste and discuss Metropolitan's specialty, German-style lagers. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the styles and taste not only Metropolitan's great beers, but some of the great beers that inspired them as well. Free, reservations required. Call 630-545-2550.
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm ♦ Celebrate 312 Day with Goose Island
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-9339
Join us for a night of delicious beer, great food and good company with Goose Island.
Be one of the first to drink My Shout, a Pale Ale brewed with Australian sparkling ale yeast, this beer style is rarely brewed in the US - so I would get your paws on this beer!
Savor the 13.4% Bourbon County Coffee Stout - Rated #3 on Beer Advocate's Top 250 Beers!
Enjoy The Muddy, Bourbon County Stout, & The Illinois. Drink four more Goose Island Brews, be entered to win a Private Brewery Tour & more mystery prizes, and have an overall awesome time! RSVP today to save your spot.
This event is free to attend, pay as you eat and drink!
7:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ Beer Pairing Dinner with: Revolution & Penrose
Clementi's Pizzeria & Bar, 602 W. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Heights, IL 847-253-3544
Join us at Clement’s as we Celebrate Locally Brewed Beer with Revolution Brewing and Penrose Brewing Company. We welcome Eric Hobbs as he talks with us about their beers and Michael Clementi discuss the food parings. We will also be tapping a Firkin for this dinner.
9:00 pm ♦ Celebrate 312 Day with Goose Island
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Featuring cans of 312 Urban Pale and 312 Urban Wheat all day!